UDM Campus Connection

August 21, 2012

President's Convocation kicks off academic year

The 2012-2013 academic year officially began with the President's Convocation, Aug. 20. Several faculty and staff members were recognized during the Convocation presentation. Honorees included Professor Emerita Mary Hannah of the Psychology Department, who has been a faculty member for 34 years. The Agere ex Missione Awards were presented to Mary-Catherine Harrison, assistant professor of English, and Chuck Hokett, manager of Academic Computing and Audio-Visual and Classroom Support. The two co-recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Award, Professor of Nursing Carla Groh and Professor of Orthodontics Richard Kulbersh, were also named, as was the recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award, Assistant Professor of Nursing Molly McClelland. Photos from this year's President's Convocation are now posted in UDM's online gallery.

Group at Convocation
Members of the Admissions Department at the President's Convocation picnic, Aug. 20.

School of Dentistry to help at homeless aid event

The "Mack & Third Live" event, to be held Sunday, Aug. 26 at Cass Park in Detroit, is a concert and food drive to benefit homeless people.  UDM's School of Dentistry will be on hand, represented by more than 60 students and 20 faculty members, who will perform thousands of free oral health screenings during the event.  For more information about Mack & Third, see the organization's website.

Promotions and tenure granted

The following faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure, effective beginning the 2012-2013 academic year.

College of Business Administration

  • Robert Hutchinson, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor

College of Engineering & Science

  • Michelle Andrzejak, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Gregory Grabowski, promoted to Professor
  • James Lynch, promoted to Associate Professor

College of Health Professions

  • Catherine Corrigan, promoted to Assistant Professor
  • Rose-Marie Higgins, formerly Clinical Associate Professor, granted Associate Professor in the tenure track
  • Katherine Marshall, promoted to Assistant Professor
  • Kate Walters, granted tenure

College of Liberal Arts & Education

  • Nancy Calley, promoted to Professor
  • Hsiao-Lan Hu, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Lorri MacDonald, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Sheri Pickover, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Tom Stanton, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor

School of Law

  • Christina Lockwood, promoted to Associate Professor
  • Deborah Paruch, granted tenure

School of Dentistry

  • Josef Bringas, granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Colleen Kuxhaus, promotion to Clinical Assistant Professor

Gesu Catholic Elementary School tuition discount

Gesu Catholic Elementary School, located next to McNichols Campus, is offering a 10 percent tuition discount for all University of Detroit Mercy employees. For more information, call the school at 313-863-4677 and see the Gesu Catholic School website.

Survival tips from Department of Public Safety

In light of the recent tragic movie theater incident in Aurora, Colo., UDM's Department of Public Safety recommends the video, "Run. Hide. Fight: Surviving an active shooter event," which depicts survival strategies during a gun attack in a public place.  Note: the video is intense and contains graphic dramatizations.  You can also download the information (PDF) as a printable card.

Film crew visits UDM

A film production crew recently visited McNichols Campus to shoot scenes for Fractured, a thriller scheduled to air early next year on cable television, starring Academy Award-nominated actor Eric Roberts.  The filmmakers made it look like winter outside Shiple Hall and used some UDM student and faculty extras as background talent.

Movie set in Shiple Hall
Crew members, actors and UDM extras film a scene from "Fractured."

Thumbs Up!

Mark Benvenuto, professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Meghann Murray, Chemistry Storeroom manager, have co-authored with students two book chapters: "Chemical composition of a series of Siamese bullet coins: A search for contemporary counterfeits" (with students Danielle M. Garshott and Elizabeth MacDonald) and "Elemental composition of a series of medieval Korean coinage via energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometry" (with Danielle M. Garshott, Elizabeth MacDonald, Stephanie Spohn, Hana Attar, Jennifer Shango and Irice Ellis). Both chapters are published by the American Chemical Society in Collaborative Endeavors in the Chemical Analysis of Art and Cultural Heritage Materials.

Associate Professor of Psychology Barry Dauphin, along with Grant Heller, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program, presented the poster, "Predictors of self-reported interfering video game use," at the American Psychological Association Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 3.

Clinical Professor of Law David Koelsch was featured in an Aug. 6 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "Journalist who fled Somalia has hope for his homeland."  As director of UDM's Immigration Law Clinic, Koelsch helped the Somalian journalist gain asylum in the U.S. to escape death threats in his home country.

Cheryl Munday, associate professor of Psychology, presented the paper, "Self care, colleague support and career trajectory among women professional psychologists," at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics, in San Diego last March.  Munday also presented, with six national co-authors and UDM doctoral student Chislon Thomas, the poster, "Patient race, ethnicity, gender and reliability of self report in psychiatric diagnosis," at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2.

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